Maryland Wine Cellars in Westminster has a good story. The land had been a juniper farm when the Baker family bought it in 1999. In 2011, siblings Drew, Lisa and Ashli pooled their skills and passions to prove that world-class wines can be made in Maryland.
Vision, determination and business-savvy have been the successful recipe for Hampstead bakery Once Upon a Crumb. Yet the idea of starting a business was daunting for co-owners Heidi Shoemaker-Burnett and Brittany Zaruba.
Monica Fisher, owner of Fisher Tire Service, has seen the auto repair & tire business evolve through decades of serving local residents. She believed her full-service shop needed a marketing boost to maintain its curbside appeal and generate new customers.
Mother and daughter Ellie Bonde and Rene Bonde Shiffler opened Blossom & Basket Boutique in April 2001. “Neither one of us had a good handle on business," explained Ellie. "Just a love of working with flowers. We knew we had to hire a third person to handle the business end.”
“People can be close to succeeding without even realizing it,” reflects Lois Trout, owner of Stonehouse Cakery and Café in Taneytown. “Dream big!” Local business resources like Miller have been vital to her success.
Michelle Sholound has witnessed first hand the revitalization of Westminster's Main Street with the opening of her gift shop By the Bay Botanicals. “(Miller) provided me with essential advice about not just opening my doors, but keeping them open.”